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Vase: C.17-1999

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© Marianne Buus. Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

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Buus, Marianne (Glassmaker)


Free-blown clear glass, rolled across a pattern of ground glass arranged on a steel plate, coated in clear glass, and rolled across another pattern of ground glass, (and possibly a third time), before blowing to its full volume and form with a geometrical pattern of rectangles in grey, blue and red. The base has been ground flat.


History note: Purchased from the glassmaker by the donors

Legal notes

Given by Sir Nicholas and Lady Goodison through the National Art Collections Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 29.1 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1999-11-22) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


Late 20th Century
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 1999


See the object's file for a postcard dated 21 December 1999 from the maker in which she describes the process of making 'Colour Vases'

Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: Marianne Buus studied at West Surrey College of Art and Design, graduating in 1990. From 1992 to 1993 she worked as a glassblower at the Kosta Boda studios in Sweden and between 1991 and 1994 undertook an apprenticeship with Jan-Erik Ritzman (b.1943). She completed a Masters at the Royal College of Art, London in 1997 and continued to develop her own work alongside teaching posts in England and Denmark. She has worked as a freelance designer for Royal Scandinavia in Denmark and Mglass in Portugal. In 2010 she was awarded a Masters in Entrepreneurship Education and Training from Aarhus University, Denmark, and currently runs a training programme for Nordic artists entitled Entre North. Marianne Buus: ‘In all my glass work I was concerned with the soft feel and fluidity of the material. All my works were formed freehand when the glass is molten. Rich layering of colours, carefully mapped out before the vase is blown, distort during the process of making.’

School or Style

studio glass Contemporary Craft

Components of the work

Mouth Width 14.7 cm
Base Width 6 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Free-blown : Free-blown glass, rolled across a pattern of ground glass arranged on a steel plate, coated in clear glass

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Marianne H. Buus
  • Location: On base
  • Type: Signature

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.17-1999
Primary reference Number: 27218
Entry form: 117
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 December 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 31 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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